Yannick Djanhoun

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Africa-US Media Connexion (AFUS MC)Côte d’Ivoire

Yannick Djanhoun is a professional journalist from Côte d'Ivoire, publishing and editorial director of Tomorrow Magazine, the first Ivorian media outlet exclusively dedicated to training and promoting youth in leadership and entrepreneurship.

Tomorrow Magazine, created in 2010, was awarded 3rd best online press company in 2016 by the Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Communication and best digital magazine at the 2017 African Talent Awards. Yannick has conducted three interviews with African soccer legend Didier Drogba. These interviews, in which the former footballer addressed African youth, made the rounds on the web and were published on media outlets.

In 2019, Yannick became the Côte d'Ivoire correspondent for Radio France Internationale's (RFI) ''Alors, On Dit Quoi?" Each week, this program highlights issues linked to the daily lives of African youth. He has also been the Côte d'Ivoire correspondent for the international television channel Africanews since 2020. His duties include reporting on political, socio-cultural and economic news from Côte d'Ivoire. He covered the last presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire for this channel.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Africa-US Media Connexion (AFUS MC)

The Africa-US Media Connexion (AFUS MC) is an initiative designed to address a number of challenges facing media players in Côte d'Ivoire and find solutions to these challenges. After receiving 200 applications, 25 journalists were selected to join 5 online conferences for media professionals to learn from American journalists and the American journalistic landscape.

The initiative consisted of online conferences where important subjects would be discussed by renowned American journalists and media figures. The conferences were held in English and interpreted into French. Some of the topics shared included team management, international journalism, and networking.

During these conferences, journalists, media managers, media regulatory authorities, journalism students and many others were invited to benefit from the experience of these American speakers who presented the dynamism of media management in the United States. They exchanged information on opportunities and support for each other in their professional tasks, emphasizing the importance of synergy for collective success.

The initiative was a unique opportunity for Ivorian media men and women to develop connections with the American media sector, and to feed their thinking on how to revitalize the sector.

"For several weeks, we received excellent training from eminent American journalists and media professionals, who spoke to us on topics ranging from "the challenges of institutional and political communication in strengthening democracy" to "media coverage in the age of social media and artificial intelligence." – Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Yannick was a participant in the IVLP Project Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – New and Traditional Broadcast Media III, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Yannick's exchange experience led to the development of his IVLP Impact Award Project: "During my stay in the United States, I was able to meet experienced journalists who were passionate about their profession. I was able to see how local media were helping to shape American society."

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; Raleigh, NC; Salt Lake City, UT, Madison, WI

Country: Côte d'Ivoire 

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